Strathbogie Shire Council urges residents to remain vigilant with keeping their properties maintained this Fire Danger Period (FDP).
Properties within townships or less than two hectares must remove all flammable rubbish from their yards and ensure grass and weeds are kept cut to a height of no more than 100 millimetres.
Properties greater than two hectares must slash around all buildings to a minimum distance of 20 metres.
Property boundaries must be slashed to a width of 6 metres. When neighbouring dwellings and assets are nearby this must be increased to at least 20 metres.
Property owners and occupiers have a responsibility to ensure their land is as safe as possible to reduce the risk and impact of fires. Failure to prepare and maintain your property during the fire season can put you and your neighbours at a much greater risk.
If owners and occupiers fail to keep a fire safe environment, a fire prevention notice will be issued requesting the property owner to take action.
This notice will include a $113 administration fee. It is a requirement for the owner or occupier to follow the requests in the Fire Prevention Notice throughout the entire FDP, not just at the time the notice is received.
A further failure to maintain the requirements of the Fire Prevention Notice will result in a fine of $1,652.
Council has an active role in reducing fire hazards within and abutting urban areas. If you have any questions or concerns relating to your obligations, please feel free to contact Council Offices on 1800 065 993.